Among her many clients are dozens of state departments, county agencies, and private entities. She has held faculty positions with the Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; UC Davis Extension, Graduate Program; the California Criminalistics Institute, Department of Justice; and UC Berkeley Extension, editing certificate program. She works as a contract editor for a publishing house as well as for various agencies and collaborates with engineers and forensic scientists to produce reports and scholarly articles.

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When she isn’t writing, Cate enjoys a career as a contract editor, university instructor, and writing consultant under her given name, Ann Neumann.

Lisa L., Professional Engineer, PMP

I want to thank you for all your assistance with our reports. You made our project successful and I truly appreciate all your hard, heavy-lifting work. You have such a great work ethic, are highly efficient, and are just so good at what you do. You are the best, hands down!

In my assessment and development meeting this week, one of my staff told me that your class was the most valuable class that he has taken at our agency. He immediately started revising his current project with new eyes. My other staff have also told me how much they have learned and how valuable the class is for them.

Tim R., Ph.D, Senior Engineering Geologist 

She did an outstanding job teaching our forensic science grad students to write clear, concise scientific reports—which must survive extensive legal and scientific scrutiny while being understood by the lay jury—and helping edit their theses to make suitable for journal publication.

Fred T. Retired UCD Program Director


  • JD, Law, University of California, Davis, Am Jur Award, Legal Writing; Bar Certified, California

  • MA, English, California State University, Sacramento

  • BA, English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Types of Documents Edited

  • Potential Failure Analysis Report, Dams

  • Fire Systems Modernization Assessment Reports

  • Asset Management Plan

  • Forensic Fire Investigation Report

  • Garner’s Modern American Usage, 3rd Edition (critical reader)

  • Apologetics Textbook (chapters)

  • Writing Style Guides

  • Sewer Ordinance

  • Project Management Manual

  • State of the District

  • Sanitary Sewer Plan

  • Strategic Workforce Plan

  • Quality Assurance Manual

  • Policies and Procedures

  • White Papers

  • Conference Papers

  • Small Business Handbook for Immigrants

  • Résumés, Cover Letters, Professional Publications, Forensic Journal Articles, Websites, Dissertation, Supplemental Promotional Interviews, College Application Essays, Marketing Brochures


Sample Clients: Government Sector

  • UC Berkeley, Extension, Curriculum Redevelopment

  • UC Davis, Extension, Graduate Thesis Writing Advisor

  • California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services

  • Inland Empire Utilities Agency

  • Sacramento Area Sewer District/Regional San

  • California Department of Water Resources

  • California State Auditor, Contract Editor

  • Sacramento County District Attorney Laboratory of Forensic Services

  • California Department of Water Resources

  • San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board

  • San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory

  • California Department of Transportation

  • California Department of Social Services

  • California Department of Consumer Affairs        

  • California State University, Sacramento

  • County of Sacramento Area Sewer District

  • County of Sacramento, Department of Water Quality

  • Los Rios Community College District, Greater Sacramento Small Business Development Center   

Private Sector

  • HDR Engineering, Inc.

  • Electro-Mechanical Rectifiers, Inc.

  • Partners Mortgage

  • Aerojet

  • Cimorelli Construction Company             

  • Nehemiah Corporation of America

  • Harvest Industries         

  • Armenia Technology Group        

  • Sacramento Youth Symphony                 

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